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airways this is the business briefing. i'm sally bundock. last ditch talks to rescuejet airways — the board of the troubled indian airline meets today after its lenders reject its latest plans. this is the briefing. the boss of volkswagen tells i'm sally bundock. our top story: the bbc he's not proud of the car giants association with the chinese government and its detention of thousands of muslim minority people in the west of the country. fighting the blaze and back under control after a major fire at notre and on the markets... dame cathedral. one firefighter was the focus is all on earnings with companies like goldman sachs injured. these are the first pictures disappointing and citigroup from inside the cathedral — it looks as if the damage is not dampening trade a little bit as you as bad as first feared. but firefighters couldn't save the spire — can see in asia just slightly up. thousands watched it collapse onto the wooden roof. parisians raise each others spirits, as one donor offers 100 million euros to president macron‘s plans to rebuild the cathedral.
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last ditch talks to rescuejet airways — the board of the troubled indian airline meets today after its lenders reject its latest plans. a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. and you can be part of the conversation. do send us your reaction to the fire in paris, your stories — have you visited notre dame? tell us what you think. firefighters say they have now
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got under control the fire that engulfed notre dame catherdral in paris. on monday evening, the smoke and flames could be seen blazing from all over the city, and the iconic steeple collapsed. the extent of the damage may not be a bad as first feared, but what is visible is bad enough. one firefighter has been seriously injured. president macron has vowed to rebuild the monument. the bbc‘s mark lobel begins our coverage. just as tourists were leaving the a 50—year—old cathedral of fire took hold of the most visited monument in paris. smoke was seen just before 7pm. the blaze intensified and suddenly the skyline drastically changed, for all to see. the roof and spire destroyed. and so much
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more. around 500 firefighters rushed to the scene. one now seriously injured. the cause of the fire is still being investigated but the damage goes much deeper. a beating heart for catholicism, the building itself a survivor of so many religious was in a home for priceless poly relics also. wrapped up priceless poly relics also. wrapped up in french gothic architecture, the site of napoleon's coronation. a living museum some thought had died. translation: there are hundreds of people who died to build the cathedral and here is the memory of them also. it is hard to see. translation: it is a very sad, it is one of the great monuments of france. translation: istudied history and it was very important for me to come and see it, maybe for
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one last time before she was no longer there. damage to the mediaeval acoustics as well. outside they found solace in hymns. reassurance came from the french president. translation: we will rebuild this cathedral altogether and it is undoubtedly part of the french destiny. much needed to pay for restoration works now an international funding campaign has been raised and some better news from the fire brigade, declaring its structure preserved in its totality though admitting a great battle to save our lay ahead. for now, many have drawn closer to it by one shocking fire that took everyone by surprise. mark lobel, bbc news.
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let's go live to paris and join the bbc‘s kevin connolly. what are you hearing early hours of this morning, firstly about getting the fire out as it work? -- putting. it seems to us that at around three o'clock this morning the fire came under control. up until that point huge quantities of water was being poured into the building, a shroud of stea m poured into the building, a shroud of steam and smoke hung over the entire frame of the building, including the two famous towers. slowly, as the water stop being poured in, the shroud has lifted and it is now possible to see, as the sky begins to lighten, the basic stone structure has been saved. there is clearly immense damage inside and great work ahead.
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emmanuel macron, in a very powerful performance as president, came down to the scene last night and was already talking about reconstruct the cathedral while it was still burning — that is a measure of his attempt to make it a story of resurrection but also the importance of the building in french life, society and history. in terms of the extent of the damage, we have been hearing a lot of important artefacts and historic relics within notre dame but many were not there because this was under reconstruction? the mayor of paris shed a picture of social media showing that some of the relics had been saved. there is a tunic worn by a 13th century king louis, later created a saint into the catholic church. a crown of
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thorns, the tradition of the mediaeval church was that relics we re mediaeval church was that relics were brought back to europe. many that believe was used in the crucifixion of christ. but some of the heavy painters could not be taken down in time to save them so they will be an artistic prize but those important religious relics have been saved and i think what france will be hearing today is still a shocking story of devastation and damage but not about destruction and i think people will see elements of hope in parts of what has been saved from the building so farand what has been saved from the building so far and how the building will be reconstructed. kevin, thank you for now. the latest from outside notre dame in paris. izin akhabau is a freelance journalist and student living
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in paris who was visiting notre dame cathedral with her family yesterday evening. shejoins us now live from paris on the phone. thank you for being on the briefing. tell us about your visit to notre dame yesterday. were you asked to leave the cathedral? basically i was visiting the cathedral with my family. about ten minutes before, i wa nted family. about ten minutes before, i wanted to leave because there was a lot of stuff on into the evening. then we heard of this announcement say we had to leave. at this point no—one was concerned because notre dame was due to close in 15 minutes so we thought maybe it was
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overcrowded. but we then saw the smoke and realise it was something more previous. we do not know the cause of the fire. —— terrible. what was the reaction when the alarm went off? we were quite near the exit and we re off? we were quite near the exit and were out within five minutes. there was not a lot of panic but in the hours after, i remember asking a police officer and he didn't know anything. even at the station, maybe anything. even at the station, maybe a thousand people, some people were singing, it sounded like hymns and
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almost like a visual and people crying outside the building. —— visual vigil. thank you forjoining us visual vigil. thank you forjoining us and telling us your experience. we will have more on that story later in this programme. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news: two us congressional committees have issued subpoenas to multiple financial institutions, including deutsche bank, for information on donald trump's finances. it's believed the president has liabilities of at least $130 million to a subsidiary of the german bank. he's consistently refused to release any tax returns, saying they're being audited. italy's largest bank, unicredit, has agreed to pay $1.3 billion to settle
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charges that it violated united states sanctions related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. a statement from the us treasury said unicredit processed transactions in apparent violation of us sanctions against six specific countries, including iran cuba, and syria. if you were with us this time yesterday, you would know aboutjet airways. there is no relief for jet airways after it failed to get interim funding from its lenders. the airline's board is meeting right now to decide on the fate of the troubled carrier. the airline has more than $1.2 billion in debt, and it's extended the cancellation of international flights until thursday. david buik is a market commentator with core spreads, hejoins me now.
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good morning. good morning to you. a legacy carryout that has been around for a long time within the indian market which is gone crazy in terms of new competition. what do you think, is it running out of options? is the expression goes in the north of england, this trouble at the meal. it only has seven aircraft out ofa meal. it only has seven aircraft out of a potentially 30 odd. all flights have been cancelled until the board meeting which i think it is about now, to find out what they can do to alleviate this mountain of debt. the state bank of india is the lead lender and there was supposed to be $270 million loan on a temporary basis which has not been forthcoming. when you see that of
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that nature, the lenders are in an invidious position because unless they can find someone with capital, and the government is looking for someone to produce a shareholding of 70% of the company, it is a tall order. i cannot see it happening in india... and they have elections. miranda —— modi trying to get re—elected. an airline is absolutely vital in india. hopefully they will find someone internationally because ido find someone internationally because i do not think they will find anyone in india. and david will be back in about half an hour to review the main stories being covered by the global media. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: in its former glory — we'll have more on the historic significance of notre dame cathedral
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for the french people. pol pot, one of the century's greatest mass murderers, is reported to have died of natural causes. he and the khmer rouge movement he led were responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million cambodians. there have been violent protests in indonesia, where playboy has gone on sale for the first time. traditionalist muslim leaders have expressed disgust. the magazine's offices have been attacked and its editorial staff have gone into hiding. it was clear that paula's only contest was with the clock, and as for her sporting legacy, paula radcliffe's competitors will be chasing her new world best time for years to come. quite quietly, but quicker and quicker, she seemed just to slide away under the surface and disappear.
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you're watching the briefing. our headlines: back under control — after one of the world's most famous landmarks, notre dame cathedral in paris, has been engulfed by fire. firefighters say the blaze could be linked to ongoing restoration work. despite major efforts to fight the fire, and just a few hours after it began, people were left shocked the moment the spire collapsed. there are fears for the rose windows, paintings, and other artefacts. although some, including a crown of thorns and a medieval royal tunic, are safe. let's stay with that now. president macron has promised that notre dame will be rebuilt after monday's terrible fire.
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a $170 million restoration was already under way to bring the 850—year—old building back to its former glory. the mayor of paris says she hopes that the damage may not be as bad as was initially feared. but it's still a huge challenge, as ramzan karmali reports. as the flames begin to subside, prescience may be daunted by the huge task of restoring this much loved monument. over 850 years, this gothic structure has stood in the french capital. but not unscathed. france has no other cathedral like notre dame. notre dame has witnessed some of the biggest moments in history. it has survived wars, a revolution, the pope even crowned napoleon emperor here. it has also
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been neglected and rebuilt and damaged many times in the past. and yet survived. it was like a cathedral built to impress, imposing stonework, stunning stained glass windows. many of the 30,000 daily visitors may have climbed the steps of the imposing towers. both survived. but the 96 metres tall spire, itself restored in the 19th century, did not. restoring this building will be a painstaking task and it will be dependent on a small number of highly skilled workers. but notre dame is notjust an important architectural building and religious centre, it means so much more to people from the world of music. this is our building. worldwide. so those of us who are in the field of music, we are heartbroken. this has to do, as well, for those who are organists.
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because since the 15th century there have been great organs in the cathedral. to get it back to its former medieval glory will undoubtedly cost millions. president macron has called on the will to help contribute. one of france's wealthiest businessmen has already placed $130 million to the restoration. a hopeful start to bringing this iconic building back to its previous impressive stature. ramzan karmali, bbc news. let us talk in more detail about that. let us talk in more detail about that. david biggs is a structural engineer who investigated why the twin towers collapsed after 9/11. hejoins us now from maui in hawaii. welcome to the programme, david. i don't know if you could hear that report from my colleague, ramzan karmali, explaining the momentous task of reconstructing notre dame cathedral. give us your take on that. well, there is a long history of cathedrals having fires through
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the mediaeval ages and being restored and rebuilt. a notre dame is quite a building. it needed work before this restoration started and i think this really adds to the complications that it will face, but it will be done. i mean, obviously, the wooden roof was the part of the building that was on fire, inflames, this fire collapsed, it would seem the masonry, the stone element of notre dame is ok. give us your take on that. well, i would say it survives. it doesn't mean there wasn't damage. there is going to be damage. it appears that when you are in the cathedral, you look up, even 110w in the cathedral, you look up, even now they have pictures showing that the naver roof, the vaulted ceiling, still looking pretty much intact. and it is primarily where the spire and are treated the roof and came
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down is what broke through the vaulted ceiling —— penetrated. at that vaulted ceiling is above it, that vaulted ceiling is above it, thatis that vaulted ceiling is above it, that is where the timber structure was. it appears that the fire was all in that space between the vault and the roof structure where the fire was. and having a lead roof on it, actually, the firefighters were not able to get water into that area quickly because it was protected by a lead sheeted roof on top of the timber trusses. it appears the fire was quite heavily confined in that controlled the space between the bolts and the roof structure. you investigated the performance of masonry following the world trade center disaster via their scummy twin towers in new york. —— disaster fires there in the twin towers. what
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lessons fires there in the twin towers. what lesso ns ca n fires there in the twin towers. what lessons can be learned? certainly that masonry is a forever material. it can get damaged, but it can be repaired. the buildings that we have a lwa ys repaired. the buildings that we have always known, these buildings that have timber roofs are susceptible to fire. they have known that since they started building. what we will learn now is, i'd presume there will be more effort put into fire suppression systems up in that interstitial space. and whether it gets rebuilt with timber or are more fire resistant material like steel or concrete will be up to the people who do the work. i am sure it will get a longer life for the rebuild. all right, david bigs, we appreciate your time all right, david bigs, we appreciate yourtime and all right, david bigs, we appreciate your time and expertise. thank you. a structural engineer who investigated by the twin towers colla pse investigated by the twin towers collapse after september 11. —— david biggs. we pause on that
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particular story now. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello, i'm tulsen tollett, and this is your tuesday sport briefing, where we start with the footballing news that arsenal have moved up two places to fourth in the premier league after patrick aubameyang's first half goal was enough to see them beat watford 1—0. the gabon international snuck in to smother a clearance from watford goalkeeper ben foster and then just a minute later watford captain troy deeney was sent off. this victory, these three points are very important in the table. but we carry on for the next matches and also our focus now is very clear, to be very concentrated in the key moment. steve smith and david warner have been named in australia's world cup squad following their year—long suspensions for ball—tampering. there is some flash photography coming up. they were both banned from international cricket for a year, for their part in the incident during a test series against south africa but those suspensions expired last month. the world cup to be played
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in england and wales gets under way on the 30th of may. israel folau's international career appears to be over. he's been sacked by rugby australia over a homophobic social media post in which he said ‘hell awaits' gay people. he'll now have to accept his sacking, orface a code of conduct hearing. folau has 73 caps and was expected to be a key player for australia at this years world cup. manchester united will aim to overturn a first—leg deficit in the champions league for the second round in a row later. manager ole gunnar solskjaer has included alexis sanchez and nemanja matic as part of his squad as they look to come back from 1—0 down. they'll be hoping to repeat the heroics of the last round against a barca side that's been knocked out in the quarter finals three years running. we have seen ourselves against psg
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that we can get back from being 2—0 down against a fantastic team. historically, barcelona is the best, say the last ten years. so we know it will be a massive effort, but the players have shown it before. juventus host ajax in tuesday's other quarter—final — that's finely poised at 1—1 after the first leg. the serie a champions will have cristiano ronaldo back in the side after he missed their 2—1 league defeat to spal at the weekend. after knocking holders real madrid out, ajax fans will be hoping that lightning can strike twice. the nba playoffs continue later with three games tipping off on tuesday. toronto raptors who finished as second seeds in the eastern conference will be desperate to level their series against the orlando magic after failing to win the opening game in canada. game two is also on their home court before they head to florida for the next two contests. staying with basketball, some players can do some incredible things with a basketball —
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but this may be hard to do. british football freestyler liv cooke has been showing off her skills. the world champion makes this trick look very easy. i wonder how many takes it took though? you can get all the latest sports news at our website — that's bbc.com/sport. but from me, tulsen tollett, and the rest of the team, al thanks. we would just like to share with you some of your comments about what happened at notre dame cathedral late on monday. this is one of our viewers, peter wilson, who says, this is his photo of him and his wife, he said his wife was in tears watching notre dame burn and that they are gutted. but it can be repaired in time, he says. that is peter with his wife outside one of the most visited places in the world. we have verity who said they we re world. we have verity who said they were lucky enough to visit the
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stunning cathedral and that their daughter message them at work to tell them what was happening at the fire and it was so sad. thanks your comments. eye will see you in a moment with the business. —— i will see you. hello there, good morning. there's more spring sunshine and more spring warmth on the way as we head towards the easter weekend. the weekend just gone was quite chilly, temperatures about 12. an easterly wind and the air coming all the way from the baltic. but look what happens over the next few days. a lot of that blue, colder air gets pushed away and it really heats up across central parts of europe and that is where we are going to get our weather coming from. we will be developing this south—easterly breeze and it will be warming up everywhere. mid—20s perhaps by saturday. on monday, in the sunshine, it felt pleasant enough. we had temperatures here in london of 15 degrees. likewise in liverpool, merseyside. we've also had this cloud coming in very slowly from the west which has been bringing with it patchy rain and drizzle. earlier on it was quite windy as well in northern ireland and here in cornwall, unseasonable weather. the winds are easing down and the rain is edging
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its way further eastwards. the clearer skies ahead of it are filling with cloud so it's frost free. temperatures five or six degrees. rain for northern ireland heading across to wales and the west country. the rain in the south petering out to a certain extent. the rain lighter and patchy in the afternoon heading into western scotland. eastern scotland, eastern england likely to be dry, a lot of cloud around. best of the sunshine towards the east coast and north—eastern parts of scotland. the winds won't be as strong on tuesday but still an onshore breeze coming into eastern scotland, north—east england. so a little bit on the chilly side here. under the cloud, temperatures typically ten or 13. a touch higher in the london area if it brightens up. more especially for cornwall and devon where we should see some sunshine. more sunshine on the way on wednesday. some mist and fog around early on across wales, west midlands and the south west. some patchy cloud developing and you could just squeeze out a light shower through the east midlands towards the south—east of england. unlucky if you catch those. generally it is dry, more sunshine and more warmth as temperatures climb to 17 or 18. it's set to get warmer over the coming few days as well. still high—pressure around scandinavia but we're drawing
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up our air from central parts of europe. not only is it warmer but it's also drier, so more sunshine around as well. a dry few days and temperatures rising everywhere. the peak of the temperatures will be on saturday and it could get 2a or 25. then starts to cool down a little bit and we may see some rain arriving in the north—west.
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